The new Ben Affleck film “The Accountant” debuts on Friday, and the title character is unlike any numbers-cruncher that’s ever been on screen before. A math genius who falls somewhere on the autism spectrum, Affleck’s Christian Wolff is a CPA who apparently has no ethical qualms about venturing deeply into the criminal underworld. The thriller is expected to be the top film at the box office this weekend.
The film’s release got us thinking about how accountants have previously been portrayed in movies and TV. In most cases, the accountants on screen aren’t the boring automatons they’re stereotyped as in real life: They’re alternately brilliant, clever, silly, frustrated, and devious, and often they are much, much funnier than the guy who does your taxes.
Here are our favorite movies and TV shows that feature memorable accountants.